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Ghost bike left on Spadina for Carla Warrilow

Carla WarrilowI have no words.  I blame anyone against bikelanes, anywhere.  Anyone who doesn’t think people should be safe no matter what mode of transportation they use is an awful person.

The group had gathered at Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W. to chain a white “ghost bike” to a lamppost as a memorial to 25-year-old Carla Warrilow, who became the third cyclist killed on Toronto’s streets this year.

Warrilow was struck and dragged beneath a truck on Oct. 16. It took paramedics 15 minutes to free her. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital last week.

Her mourners biked in a pack down Spadina and stopped to wrap lace around the lamppost at the spot where she was struck. They decorated the ghost bike with flowers and notes. Barely a metre away is a mark on the pavement where a bike lane used to be.

Full Story: Ghost bike left on Spadina for cyclist killed by truck | Toronto Star.

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“The city is a boneyard of broken cyclists, all hit by drivers…”

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Article by Catherine Porter in the Toronto Star:

Now, I drive a car too, and can list the reasons why I choose to bike most days: the smell of lilac bushes in the morning, the sense of freedom, the endorphins. But I can also tell you that I get frightened on my bike in a way I never am in a car. There’s no airbag protecting me. When you nudge too close, my heart races. And when you lean out of your window and tell me to go to hell, I don’t have a window to role up.

If I was driving, I’d likely forget your insult a few blocks later. On my bike, it will simmer for weeks.

Because we are exposed, we cyclists take things personally.

Perhaps this why the cycling community rallied around Darcy Allan Sheppard. He captures our anger at drivers who disrespect us and threaten our lives daily. One night last August, he was killed by a car. The driver, former attorney general Michael Bryant, was well known. That opened up the public forum to vent our grievances.

But he’s the wrong symbol for cyclists in the city.

Read the rest here.

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Ghost Bike Memorial in Mississauga

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A little over a week ago, a cyclist was struck and killed in Mississauga, and a “ghost bike” memorial has been set up by the Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists group:

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Cyclist Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Crash

The Toronto Star is reporting on a cyclist-car collision from last night:

The 53-year-old man was heading west on Rogers Rd. in the bike lane shortly after 7 p.m. At Silverthorn Ave., the van turned right and he hit the side.

The force of the crash threw him to the ground, where he hit his head. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Police are still investigating and haven’t laid any charges so far.

“Both drivers could have had opportunities to avoid this, by being a little more aware and a little more alert,” said Sgt. Tim Burrows, adding that the cyclist could have slowed down and waited for the van to turn, while the van driver could have paid closer attention and seen the cyclist coming up from behind.

I think it’s a little pre-mature to blame one or both of the drivers… the van may not have signalled the intention to turn right… leading the cyclist to believe that the van would head straight through the intersection.

On the other hand, the van may have signalled, with the cyclist opting to pass the van in the bikelane.

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Bike / Taxi Collision, Cyclist Leg Amputated

Scary stuff from the streets this morning. I’ll post more details as I know them.

CityNews: Police Interviewing Cabbie Following Bizarre Incident West Of Downtown


Was it a hit-and-run? An attempted robbery? Police are still trying to iron out the details of a bizarre incident early Friday morning. A cyclist was taken to hospital after his leg was reportedly severed in a collision with a cab near the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Dundas St. It’s believed the cab backed into the man, hit a pole, and took off at about 2:30am.


CBC: Cyclist badly injured in taxi collision

Toronto police are trying to figure out how a taxi nearly severed a cyclist’s leg early Friday morning. The incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the corner of Dovercourt Road and Argyle Street. Witnesses told police they heard shouting, followed by the sound of a crash. Then they saw a Beck’s taxi leaving the scene and a cyclist lying at the side of the road in obvious pain. A few hours later, a taxi driver contacted police and said he had been assaulted just before the incident.

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